In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It’s part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using “open source intelligence” – information that’s publicly available, but often hidden in the flood of TV shows, newspaper articles, blog posts, online videos and radio reports generated every day.
AP is reporting that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's internet postings were being monitored by the US Government for 6 month's before yesterday's attacks and that the posts attributed to him were a "cause for concern."
Yet the shooting still happened!
The US Government insists that We The People go along with the loss of our civil rights, the reading of our emails, the tapping of our phones, the looting of our computers, and all with warrants, because it will make us safe.
What Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan did yesterday was prove that none of this tyrannical and costly spying on the American people can accomplish the stated goal. They were watching him. They were aware of some posts that caused concern. And still Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was able to open fire on a crowd.
Just as the government climatologists blew the call on global warming, just as the government health authorities blew the call on "When Pigs Fly" flu, the government's state security apparatus totally failed in using all this data collected on Americans to prevent a mass killing.